St. Johns High School Students Give to the Rural Mission!

Posted by on Aug 7, 2010 in Rural Mission News | Comments Off on St. Johns High School Students Give to the Rural Mission!

On September 3, a great group of students and teachers gathered with Mission staff to begin sorting, cutting and stacking donated lumber to be used for home repair. The lumber is stored on Johns Island at a site donated by Freeman Farms off of River Road. The lumber is generously donated by Southern Lumber and Millwork of Charleston. These students are participating in the Students to Work program at St. Johns High School which allows them to volunteer in community service as they prepare for and seek employment. The students are being led by instructors Bill Grampus and Cedric Solomon of St. Johns and we greatly appreciate their efforts and dedication in making this possible. This group will adopt this project as one of their continuing efforts. They will help assure that all this material is put to good use and stored in a dry place.

Joining the students is Mrs. Harriet Wilkins whose husband David Wilkins taught at St. Johns High School for decades and helped establish the shop and woodwork programs. Mrs. Wilkins, in the wheelchair and holding a 1970 School Yearbook, wanted to tell the students some of the history of the program. This is a terrific way for the students to give to their community in keeping with the motto on their shirts, “It’s A St. Johns Thing!”

Leading this partnership in the near future will be Mr. Steve Kroesen of St. Johns High School who will be replacing the retiring Mr. Grampus. Mr. Grampus has worked with special needs children at the school. Mr. Kroesen will be reestablishing the shop and woodwork programs at St. Johns High School which were last taught in 1987 when Mr. Wilkins retired. This new program deserves our support and prayers. The community can help make it successful by supporting its needs and students. Prior to 1987, student in these classes had the opportunity to learn how to use their hands and tools. These important skills will help island young people to help themselves in home repair and maintenance. Lack of this school program and these learned skills has been a factor in many island homes not being repaired and maintained because of lack of know-how.

Thank you St. Johns High School students and instructors!
Thank you Freeman Farms!
Thank you to Southern Lumber and Millwork!
Thank you Mrs. Harriet Wilkins!


Working to sort and cut donated lumber for others to use in home repair

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